Support Internet visionary Howard Rheingold’s PatreonOn November 10, 2017 by Ilene
Boing Boing pal Howard Rheingold is an Internet culture visionary. In fact, he was probably the first Internet culture visionary. Since 1984, he’s written about the intersection of technology, consciousness and media in foresight-filled books like Tools for Thought (1985), Virtual Reality (1991), The Virtual Community (1993), Smart Mobs (2002), Net Smart (2012), and researched the power of cooperation with Institute for the Future. Howard’s paintings and sculptures are deeply psychedelic, beautiful, and weird. Howard’s work has had a massive impact on my life since I first went online in the 1980s and I feel fortunate to call him my friend. Now, Howard has launched a Patreon to support his continued efforts to change minds and move culture.
As Howard once said, “Openness and participation are antidotes to surveillance and control.”
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